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Background on Swiss schizophrenia

Some religions are more welcome than others

If you’re a Sikh, Hindu or Buddhist in Switzerland and want to build a temple, no problem; if you’re a Muslim and want to put up a minaret, you’d better start praying.

For while some non-native religions have proved easy bedfellows for the Swiss, others – notably Islam – have found it more difficult to be accepted.

So much so in the case of Islam that Swiss Muslims currently face the prospect of seeing the construction of minarets put to a nationwide vote.

The rightwing campaign to ban minarets, launched with October’s parliamentary elections in mind, follows local opposition in a handful of Swiss-German towns.

One of these, Wangen in canton Solothurn, lies just a few kilometres from the Wat Thai centre, home of the Buddhist faith in Switzerland. Four years ago a new Buddhist temple costing SFr9 million ($7.35 million) opened on the site.

Even closer to Wangen, the commune of Trimbach last year approved plans for the construction of a Hindu temple for the local Tamil community.

A similar sense of schizophrenia exists in neighbouring canton Bern where plans to construct a minaret in Langenthal ran into trouble. The same commune is home to a sizeable Sikh temple, built in the traditional style.

While there were a few “obstacles” along the way, notes the temple’s website, there were no problems when it came to erecting the domes.

Islam a threat?

For Samuel-Martin Behloul, research assistant at the department for the study of religions at Lucerne University, this disparity is principally down to perception: Islam is seen as a threat.

“Islam is presented as the absolute opposite in religious and cultural terms to the fundamentals of Swiss and European society. There is a problem of perception post-9/11, and it is seen as a threat unlike other non-native religions,” he said.

The current state of play is a source of great sadness for Hisham Maizar, president of the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Switzerland.

Maizar, who sits on the Swiss Council of Religions, has lived in Switzerland for 40 years and says discrimination towards Muslims has never been as strong.

“It makes me feel very sad. People are not being open-minded,” he said. “They are afraid of Islam and afraid of Muslims, but it is not we who are responsible for these terrible events in other parts of the world. We are not extremists.”

“Before 9/11 we were welcomed here and there was good interfaith dialogue. But afterwards the picture changed completely. We felt we had to justify that we were not terrorists.”


Alfred Donath, president of the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities, says a big increase numbers, coupled with a failure to fully integrate, also goes against the country’s Muslims.

The 2000 census showed their numbers had more than doubled over the previous decade to 310,000. It is estimated that this figure now stands at around 340,000.

“There are so many more [Muslims] than in other non-Swiss religions. This is part of the reason why the Swiss have a certain fear of Muslims: that too many could change the demographic balance,” said Donath, who also sits on the Council of Religions.

This is not the case with other non-native religions, he says, because their numbers are so small. At the last census there were 18,000 Jews, 21,000 Buddhists and 28,000 Hindus.

Maizar, though, believes the numbers game is a red herring. He argues that Switzerland welcomed refugees from the Balkans and now has a duty to look after them. He dismisses as “utter nonsense” claims that Muslims have failed to integrate.

“More than 50 per cent of Muslims here are under 25. These are the second generation and they differ completely from their parents in that they are assimilated,” said Maizar.

“All they want is to be accepted as human beings and to be integrated as Swiss citizens. But what we are seeing at the moment can only serve to alienate them.”


Switzerland: Minarets as “claims to political dominance”

So after the so-called “conference” in Germany against the building of Mosques, which was really a meeting to formulate a genocidal agenda against Muslim citizens of European countries, another one is making the rounds, this time having to do with the desire to ban Minarets. Boy, are the zionified neo-nazi westerners obsessed with Islam and Muslims….!!! That this even gets “debated”, let alone voted on, is quite telling about the true nature of the western world, which claims it is “civilized”, “freedom-loving”, and “secular.” Civilized, freedom-loving, and secular only when there is no difference of opinion, no “challenge” to prevailing mindsets, no “competition” with the dominant Religion. Westerners’ understanding of “freedom” is as peculiar as that of Saddam Hussein’s, Stalin’s, Hitler’s, Mussolini’s, to name just a few dictators who have at one point or another claimed to represent the people’s interest, needs, and aspirations. Just imagine the House of Representatives in ANY European country debating a ban on Synagogues, claiming they are symbols of political dominance (which they are, aside from being symbols of [Jewish] racial supremacism), and urging intensification of the fight against “Judaization” of the “western world.” ADL, and zionazis would be screaming murder at the top of their lungs, if such a thing ever happened, which it never would. But I bet this has the blessing of most (zionist) Jews in Europe. After all, the neo-nazis and zionazis are the best of friends these days. Arguably, zionazis and nazis were the best of friends. They had a shared interest. 6 million less Jews served Hitler’s interests, and also those of the zionazis, who would create a Holocaust Industry out of it. And now, the zionazis are setting the stage for the persecution and (possible) genocide against Muslims in Europe, at the same time as they kill and maim Muslims all over the region, and take over our lands.

So now, under the cloak of such ridiculous arguments as “Muslim extremists could use Mosques (Minarets????) for ‘criminal activities'” (I guess next in line will be a proposal to ban Muslims from buying or renting apartments or houses, or opening up shops or buying clothes or food or chocolate, because they could be used for “criminal activities” too), they (zionists and their best friends the european neo-nazis) pursue their plans of ethnically cleansing Europe and parts of the Middle East of Muslims.

The Swiss House of Representatives debates and votes on Minaret ban proposal

The House of Representatives has come out against a proposal by rightwing political parties to ban minarets, Urs Geiser writes for swissinfo.

A majority also rejected calls by the centre-left to declare the people’s initiative invalid. The other parliamentary chamber, the Senate, still has to discuss the issue.

The initiative, launched by the rightwing Swiss People’s Party and a small ultra-conservative Christian party, was handed in with 113,540 valid votes last year. It will be put to a nationwide vote at a later date.

Muslim organizations have expressed their concern about the initiative, which has been rejected by the cabinet.

More than 50 parliamentarians took part in Wednesday’s debate which lasted for nearly six-hours. In the end, the House voted 129 against 50 to rebuff the initiative.

An overwhelming majority said the proposal violated human rights and international law and jeopardised the peaceful coexistence of religions.

“The initiative takes aim at the Muslim community,” warned Bea Heim of the centre-left Social Democratic Party. Other speakers described the plan as irresponsible, “an insult for Muslims,” scaremongering or “a campaign to instigate hatred.”

“I’m not willing to provide fuel for arsonists,” said Ueli Leuenberger of the Green Party, when he took the podium to explain his position.

Social Democrat Andreas Gross criticized the government for failing to nullify the initiative at an early stage. He called on parliament to “act bravely and to put respect for religious freedom over political opportunism.”

But his appeal was barely heeded by members outside the centre-left.


For their part, People’s Party parliamentarians argued the initiative was the right answer to counter an alleged “Islamization” of the western world. Minarets were described as claims to political dominance rather than religious symbols.

“It’s time to counter the pretension to power,” said Jasmin Hutter, who also slammed Islam as intolerant and repressive toward women.

“Minarets, muezzins [people at the mosque who lead the call to prayer] and Sharia law have to be seen in the same context,” added Walter Wobmann.

Numerous right-wing parliamentarians slammed Islamic values as incompatible with the Christian ideals and Switzerland’s democratic principles.

They also warned that Muslim extremists would use mosques for criminal activities.

During a heated debate Ulrich Schlüer accused opponents of trying to ignore the concerns of all those citizens who signed the people’s initiative.


Representatives of the centre-right Christian Democratic Party called for more dialogue between the religions.

“I dread the forthcoming campaign by the People’s Party,” said Kathy Riklin.

Jacques Neirynck was among several speakers who expressed their feelings of disgust and shame over demands for a minaret ban and Wednesday’s parliamentary debate.

“The initiative is dangerous, populist and damages Switzerland’s reputation. I wish it was not on the table,” he said.

But several speakers also pointed out that the initiative had to be taken seriously because it reflected serious concerns of citizens.

It was launched in the wake of debates at a local level in parts of German-speaking Switzerland over the planned construction of minarets. At present only four mosques in the county have such spires.


Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf repeated the government’s rejection of the initiative.

“Switzerland would be in violation of international obligations and its credibility would be seriously dented,” she told the House.

However, she said the initiative did not violate international law.

Widmer-Schlumpf added that a minaret ban would endanger the peaceful coexistence of Christians and Muslims.

“Minarets are religious symbols. A ban is an infringement of religious freedom,” she said.

She said the debate had shown that some supporters of a minaret ban were prepared to use unfair and dishonest arguments.

The initiative seeks a ban on minarets, according to supporters of the initiative, but it appeared that many speakers raised general objections against Islam, Widmer-Schlumpf said.


Racism bad, except when targets are Muslims

Former judge wants to bar Muslims from scholarships

A retired judge wants two Ontario universities to bar Muslim students from being awarded scholarships he has established, though the spokesperson for one institution says her school won’t support a proposal that “flies in the face of everything we stand for.”

Paul Staniszewski said he objects to the “medieval violence” used by the Taliban — such as when Taliban militants recently kidnapped and beheaded Polish engineer Piotr Stanczak — and he wishes to “disqualify” Muslim students from receiving financial aid he has paid for.

“I’m reacting to what’s going on to people who aren’t even soldiers, who are having their heads beheaded and this stuff is shown on the TVs and everything else,” Staniszewski told CTV.ca in a phone interview from his Tecumseh, Ont., home, just outside of Windsor.

“I am doing the same thing these people are doing, except I’m not cutting off heads, I’m cutting off applications for help in their studies,” he added later in the interview.

Staniszewski, who is in his 80s, has established scholarships at both the University of Windsor and York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School.

The University of Windsor website lists three $1,000 scholarships under the name of the judge and his wife, and the York University website lists an award that is also named after the couple.

According to the description of The Honourable Paul I.B. and Mrs. Tevis Staniszewski Award, the retired judge graduated Osgoode in 1954 and practiced law for 13 years until he was appointed as a federal judge in 1967.

Staniszewski said he has attempted to contact both schools about his idea, though he told CTV.ca that he has only made contact with York University so far.

“They told me to put that in writing and they’ll take it up with the board,” he said.

York University spokesperson Alex Bilyk said he had no comment on the issue.

University of Windsor spokesperson Lori Lewis said the school could never support such a measure, though she said it was her understanding the administration had not been contacted about the matter.

“It goes without saying that our position is that we don’t discriminate against our students and that is not an acceptable restriction,” Lewis told CTV.ca.

“It’s against the law and it flies in the face of everything that we stand for at this university,” she added.


مؤسسة الشهيد الايرانية تقدم مساعدات مالية للفلسطينيين: صدق الوعد


مؤسسة الشهيد تبدأ بتوزيع ألف دولار على كل عائلة شهيد في القطاع الأسبوع القادم

غزة –  من رندة حماد – تبدأ مؤسسة الشهيد ” فرع فلسطين” الأسبوع القادم بتوزيع مساعدات نقدية على أسر وعوائل شهداء الحرب الإسرائيلية الأخيرة في كافة محافظات قطاع غزة.ا

وأشارت المؤسسة إلى أنها ستوزع ألف دولار على كل عائلة شهيد سقط خلال الحرب على غزة وذلك في كافة محافظات القطاع ابتداءً من الأسبوع القادم، موضحة أن المساعدات تأتي بتمويل من الجمهورية الإسلامية الإيرانية.ا

وأكدت أن عملية توزيع المساعدات تأتي في ظل التخفيف من معاناة أسر الشهداء ودعم صمودهم والوقوف بجانبهم في محنتهم وفي ظل الظروف الاقتصادية الصعبة التي يعاني منها الشعب الفلسطيني جراء الحصار الإسرائيلي المفروض على قطاع غزة.ا

ودعت المؤسسة الدول العربية والإسلامية إلى دعم الشعب الفلسطيني والوقوف بجانبه، والعمل بسرعة من أجل رفع الحصار المفروض عليه و التخفيف من معاناة المواطنين المتفاقمة، مطالبة جميع المؤسسات الإنسانية والفصائل الفلسطينية بالوقوف بجانب أهالي الشهداء وأسرهم والدفاع عنهم والعمل على دعم صمودهم.ا

يذكر أن مؤسسة الشهيد توزع بشكل شهري مساعدات نقدية وعينية على أسر الشهداء الفلسطينيين وكذلك الأسر الفقيرة والمحتاجة بهدف التخفيف من معاناتهم الوقوف إلى جانبهم.ا




مؤسسة الشهيد الايرانية تقدم مساعدات مالية للفلسطينيين

قدمت مؤسسة الشهيد الإيرانية مساعدات مالية عاجلة بقيمة الف دولار لكلِ عائلة شهيد فلسطيني من ضحايا العدوان الإسرائيلي الاخير على قطاع غزة.ا

وفي اصعب الظروف التي يعيشها الفلسطينيون بين يدي العدوان الاسرائيلي والحصار، تاتي المساعدات الايرانية العاجلة بقيمة الف دولار لكل اسرة شهيد فلسطيني من ضحايا العدوان الاسرائيلي الاخير على قطاع غزة .ا

وعبرت هذه العوائل عن شكرها للجمهورية الإسلامية في وقت مايزال الوضع الإنساني والمعيشي للفلسطينيين يتفاقم بفعل الحصار وغلق المعابر.ا

وفي هذا السياق، قال مواطن فلسطيني في تصريح خاص لقناة العالم الاخبارية الجمعة “نقدم بالشكر الخاص للجمهورية الايرانية التي قدمت لنا هذه المساعدات ووقفت الى جانب الشعب الفلسطيني، وقفة خالصة لوجه الله تعالى “.ا

وقال مواطن فلسطيني آخر في تصريح خاص لقناة العالم الاخبارية “ان الجهمورية الاسلامية الايرانية تدافع عن كرامة الامة الاسلامية وعن الشعب الفلسطيني الذي يخضع دائما للضغوط من اجل رفع راية الاسلام”.ا

من جانبه، قال مسؤول جمعية الاغاثة الطبية الفلسطينية الدكتور يحيى الداعور في تصريح خاص لقناة العالم الاخبارية : في العيادات المتنقلة نستقبل الاطفال والحوامل ونتابع اوضاعهم الصحية ونموهم حسب الظروف التي مروا بها واصابتهم بفقر الدم والامراض المعدية ونجري احصاءات لهذه الامراض ونقدم المساعدات.ا


This is what so-called “Sheikh” Yusuf al-Qaradawi and wahabi-salafi ilk are cheering for

Taliban kills Shia school children in Pakistan

The Taliban insurgents in northwestern Pakistan ambush a minibus carrying Shia children to school, killing three and injuring several others.

At least eight other Shia Muslim children appear to have been kidnapped by the attackers.

The incident happened on Friday morning outside the town of Hangu in the troubled North West Frontier Province, state-run television PTV reported.

The driver of the minibus was also killed in the lethal attack.

The death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured children are said to be in critical condition, according to medics.

Hangu is located about 175 kilometers (110 miles) west of the capital Islamabad.

Taliban-linked militants in Parachinar, Hangu towns and the other areas of the Kurram tribal agency have killed 25 to 30 people on a daily basis during the last six months, local media reports say.

Some reports have cited grave human rights abuses against Shias in the northwestern Pakistani city of Parachinar.

Taliban has established its rule in the restive Swat valley and its influence is also rapidly increasing its grip on the major cities and even the so-called settled areas of the country.

Shia sources say that the community makes up one-third of Pakistan’s 160 million-strong population. Since the 1980s, thousands of people have been killed in violence-related incidents in Pakistan by extremist groups.

Moderate Pakistani Sunni groups believe that leaving Shias at the mercy of the Taliban is a conspiracy against the country.

Earlier, Tehran cautioned Islamabad over the ‘silent massacre’ of its Shia community by the Taliban in the country.

“The incidents that have occurred against Pakistan’s Shia community are a plot to create conflict between the region’s Sunni and Shia population,” said Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani.

“We have warned Islamabad over the incidents and we will pursue the matter,” he added.


{يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ إِنَّمَا الْخَمْرُ وَالْمَيْسِرُ وَالأَنصَابُ وَالأَزْلاَمُ رِجْسٌ مِّنْ عَمَلِ الشَّيْطَانِ}

القرآن الكريم – سورة المائدة 90-92

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ إِنَّمَا الْخَمْرُ وَالْمَيْسِرُ وَالأَنصَابُ وَالأَزْلاَمُ رِجْسٌ مِّنْ عَمَلِ الشَّيْطَانِ فَاجْتَنِبُوهُ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ
إِنَّمَا يُرِيدُ الشَّيْطَانُ أَن يُوقِعَ بَيْنَكُمُ الْعَدَاوَةَ وَالْبَغْضَاء فِي الْخَمْرِ وَالْمَيْسِرِ وَيَصُدَّكُمْ عَن ذِكْرِ اللّهِ وَعَنِ الصَّلاَةِ فَهَلْ أَنتُم مُّنتَهُونَ
وَأَطِيعُواْ اللّهَ وَأَطِيعُواْ الرَّسُولَ وَاحْذَرُواْ فَإِن تَوَلَّيْتُمْ فَاعْلَمُواْ أَنَّمَا عَلَى رَسُولِنَا الْبَلاَغُ الْمُبِينُ


وزارة الصحة الفرنسية تعتبر الخمر من الخبائث الرئيسية

أثارت حملة شديدة تشنها وزارة الصحة الفرنسية ضد تناول الكحول بوصفه أحد أسوأ مسببات السرطان استياء في أوساط صناعة الخمور في البلد, وقالت صحيفة تايمز التي أوردت الخبر إن الركود الاقتصادي الحالي كان من المفترض أن يدفع الرئيس الفرنسي نيكولا ساركوزي إلى اختيار وقت آخر أكثر مناسبة لحملته الحالية.

وترتكز هذه الحملة على توجيهات للمعهد الفرنسي لمكافحة السرطان تؤكد أن تناول الكحول وخاصة الخمر ينبغي أن يتوقف, وتؤكد الوزارة أن كأسا واحدة من الخمر يوميا تزيد فرص احتمال الإصابة بالسرطان بنسبة 168%.

ويقول مدير معهد مكافحة السرطان دومينيك مارانشي إن شرب جرعات من الخمر مهما كانت قليلة يسبب أضرارا لا يمكن تصورها لصحة الإنسان “فلا يمكن لكمية من الخمر, مهما قلت, أن تفيد الإنسان في شيء” على حد تعبيره.

وهذه ليست المرة الأولى التي يحذر فيها المسؤولون الفرنسيون من مخاطر الخمر, فقد أكدت تايمز أن السلطات الطبية في كل أنحاء العالم ما فتئت تحث الناس على التوقف عن شرب الخمر حفاظا على صحتهم.

غضب منتجي الخمور
لكن تايمز نبهت إلى الأهمية الخاصة التي تكتسبها الحملة الحالية لكونها تأتي من حكومة فرنسا التي يعتبر الخمر فيها جزءا من الحياة ومن الإرث القومي.

الصحيفة ذكرت أن تقرير وزارة الصحة اعتمد على مقارنة أجرتها بين مئات الدراسات الدولية واستنتجت وجود علاقة بين أنواع من السرطانات وبين الغذاء والشراب وأساليب الحياة.

وأكد الموجز الذي أعدته الوزارة أن الكحول يوطئ للإصابة بسرطانات الفم والحنجرة والمريء والقولون المستقيم والثدي.

هذه الحملة دفعت منتجي الخمور إلى التعبير عن غضبهم الشديد، معتبرين ما جاء في التقرير فضيحة ومتهمين اللوبيات الصحية بمحاولة وأد أحد مفاخر الأمة الفرنسية.

ولمح هؤلاء المنتجون إلى دور للرئيس الفرنسي في هذه الحملة, مبرزين كون ساركوزي لا يشرب الخمر ويستعيض عنها بالماء وعصير البرتقال في وقت يكون الحاضرون معه يشربون مختلف أنواع الخمور.

ودعت الرابطة العامة لمنتجي الخمور إلى وقف ما سمته “المضايقات التي يتعرض لها الخمر” مدعية أن تناول الخمور تقلص بنسبة 50% في السنوات العشرين الأخيرة في فرنسا، لكن السرطان تزايد.ا

French get a sober warning to give up wine for their health

With gloom all around, President Sarkozy’s Government might have chosen another moment for its latest campaign. This one tells the French people to stop drinking wine.

To the anger of the drinks industry and disbelief of many patriots, the Ministry of Health has made alcohol one of the chief villains in a drive against cancer.

“The consumption of alcohol, and especially wine, is discouraged,” say guidelines that are drawn from the findings of the National Cancer Institute (INCA). A single glass of wine per day will raise the chance of contracting cancer by up to 168 per cent, claims the ministry’s brochure.

Forget those 1980s findings that antioxidants in wine were good for health, said the French experts. “Small daily doses of alcohol are the most harmful. There is no amount, however small, which is good for you,” said Dominique Maraninchi, INCA’s president.

Authorities elsewhere have been telling people in recent years to go dry if they want to stay healthy. But the advice was especially sobering, coming from the Government of France, a country where wine is part of life and the national heritage.

The pleasantly illustrated ministry brochure makes grim reading. The INCA collated hundreds of international studies and summarised the relation between types of cancer with food, drink and lifestyle. Apart from wine, the dangerous stuff is red meat, charcuterie and salt. A pavé de rum-steakmight not sound so mouth-watering after reading: “The risk of colon-rectal cancer rises by 29 per cent per 100-gramme portion of red meat per day and 21 per cent per 50-gramme portion of charcuterie.”

Alcohol facilitates cancers of the mouth, larynx, oesophagus, colon-rec-tum and breast, say the guidelines.

The wine producers are crying foul, accusing the health lobby of trying to kill one of the glories of the nation. They note the suspicious coincidence that France now has its first teetotal President. Mr Sarkozy sips mineral water and orange juice when all around him are knocking back the champagne and burgundy.

“This persecution of wine has to stop,” said the General Association of Wine Producers. The growers say that the scientific evidence is contradictory and they point to a World Health Organisation study which found that moderate consumption helped to prevent cancer.

Xavier de Volontat, president of the wine producers’ assocation in the southwestern Languedoc region, said: “The extremists must not be allowed to take consumers hostage . . . Wine consumption has dropped by 50 per cent over the last 20 years in France but cancer has increased. You have to admit, that’s a paradox.”

“We never said that alcohol is not dangerous for health,” Mr de Volontat said. “We are for responsible, reasonable and moderate consumption . . . It is not in our interest to see our consumers dying of cancer or in car accidents.”


استشهاد سعودي في الاعتداءات على زوار الحرم النبوي الشريف

استشهد الشاب السعودي زكي عبد الله، وجرح العشرات بينهم العلامة جواد الحضري بإصابات وصفت بعضها بالحرجة، إثر قيام قوات الأمن السعودية وعناصر المطاوعة بالاعتداء على زوار الحرم النبوي الشريف في المدينة المنورة مساء الاثنين. عبد الله البالغ ستة عشر عاماً أصيب برصاص قوات الامن في صدره ونقل إلى مستشفى الملك فهد في المدينة المنورة حيث فارق الحياة. وقام عناصر المطاوعة ومجموعات اخرى بضرب الزوار بآلات حادة وعصي مما أدى الى إصابة شاب آخر بجروح بالغة في عينيه. وكانت الاعتداءات بدأت عندما طلب عناصر من المطاوعة من زوار يحيون ليلة وفاة رسول الله محمد (ص) بمغادرة باحة الحرم النبوي الشريف دون مبرر، وقاموا بتوجيه الشتائم للنساء، فرد الزوار عليهم برفض المغادرة وهتافات الله أكبر وهيهات منا الذلة.
ولوضع الامور في نصابها التقى ظهر اليوم وفد من الزوار أميرَ المدينة المنورة عبد العزيز بن ماجد، حيث جرى إطلاعه على مجريات الأحداث والانتهاكات التي تعرض لها الزوار من الرجال والنساء والأطفال. من جهته قال الامير بن ماجد بأنه سيحاسب كل من قصرَّ في عمله مهما كان، وقال إن على الجميع الالتزام بالنظام، وبالنسبة للموقوفين قال أنه لا يتدخل في القضاء إلا بعد صدور الحكم.ا